COMMUNITY FORUM

Jparker

09:48AM | 10/01/02
Member Since: 09/30/02
2 lifetime posts
Bvdecor
Hi, I need a professional opinion. We have natural oak wood floors, our walls are white, our furniture is navy blue leather with chrome legs. Are lamps are chrome with white shades. The trim on the ceiling and on the floors is white in the living room. We recently broke out some walls making the living room flow into the dining room and kitchen. We added trim to the top and bottom. They are close to the original design of the trim in the living room. Should I paint them white to match the other trim in the living room or should I stain them to match the natural oak floor?
The reason why I'm asking is that the walls are also white so that by painting them white, it makes me wonder why we have trim at all?

stewtom

10:47AM | 10/23/02
Member Since: 10/22/02
2 lifetime posts
First off, my opinion is from just another home decorator, but I'm not a professional. I think white trim throughout the home is the most classic look. Often the walls are flat white, and the trim is a glossy white. Even though the finish (gloss vs. flat) is subtle, the details are noticeable and very rich looking. Good luck.

ACD

12:38PM | 10/25/02
Member Since: 10/15/02
359 lifetime posts
White as rich looking? ICK. White to me is cold and unfinished. Adding color in the way of stained wood work helps break up the white and that makes it look rich, not the other way around. white wals and woodwork, ICK.

Lawrence

04:06PM | 10/29/02
Member Since: 11/14/00
333 lifetime posts
You seem to be asking for "the rule," here, and there is no set rule to follow, only suggestions and opinions. I tend to prefer painting trim an accent color, especially if you have only one color paint in that room or area. Doing so can often be the unnoticed highlight that makes or breaks a color scheme. If you have different colored walls such that one wall is already painted an accent color, then it becomes less necessary to paint trim an accent color. Four or five different colors should be the maximum you use in a room unless you really know what you are doing or don't care if it looks gaudy.

Trim, however, is not there just to be painted a different color. It serves a purpose. It is there to hide the seams when carpet meets wall, wall meets ceiling, door jamb meets wall, etc. Without trim, your would have rough edges all over the place. Sometimes trim is placed in the middle of a wall to make a purely cosmetic transition, but along the edges of the walls, doors, and ceilings, it has a functional purpose. Trim thus is more of an easy way to cover seams than it is a decorative aspect that requires new color.

The upshot is that you can paint trim any complimentary color you want in any given room, or you can paint it the same color.

Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

Few projects are more fun than upcycling a vintage piece in a surprising way. Outfitted with a sink and a delicately tiled... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp2